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Star player of Blackman High School’s the Lady Blaze, in Murfreesboro, Crystal Dangerfield, was named the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year on March 13.
Crystal, at 5’5”, led the Lady Blaze to the school’s first state title in any TSSAA-sanctioned sport. For this season, she averaged 14.5 points a game with 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals.
In Blackman’s 65-44 rout of Memphis Ridgeway in the championship game, Crystal scored 19 points, while snatching five rebounds and tallying four assists.
She had a key part in Blackman’s 34-1 season. The Lady Blaze were also named MaxPreps national champion, becoming the second straight Rutherford County team to receive the award. In addition, Crystal is the first Gatorade Player of the Year in girl’s basketball and is the second from Rutherford County, joining former Riverdale star player Shacobia Barbee.
In June last year she and Team USA competed for the United States in the Woman’s U16 FIBA Championship in
Cancun, Mexico. As part of Team USA, she won a gold medal.
Crystal, the daughter of Christopher and DaVonna Dangerfield of Murfreesboro and granddaughter of Joe L. and Shirley Dangerfield of Fayetteville, is a sophomore and maintains a 3.75 weighted GPA in the classroom.
A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and of her school’s DECA chapter, she also has volunteered on behalf of her church to be part of a literacy-outreach program. She is a volunteer youth basketball instructor, has raised funds to benefit Alzheimer’s research, and is an advocate for healthy living as she talks to elementary school students.